Restored War Documentary 'The Memory Of Justice' Is Timelier Than Ever

The 1976 film, airing on HBO, uses the Holocaust to explore human atrocities.

The 1976 documentary “The Memory of Justice” might as well have been made yesterday. Newly restored and premiering on HBO this month, Marcel Ophüls’ nearly five-hour film uses the Holocaust, Vietnam and other human tragedies to explore the notion of collective versus individual responsibility. The thesis: Any group in power is capable of war atrocities.

The Huffington Post is exclusively premiering the trailer ahead of the movie’s April 24 debut. Inspired by Nuremberg prosecutor Telford Taylor’s book Nuremberg and Vietnam: An American Tragedy, “The Memory of Justice” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and earned a glowing New York Times review. “’The Memory of Justice’ is long but it rivets the mind and the emotions so consistently that I can think of a dozen ninety-minute movies far more difficult to endure,” critic Vincent Canby wrote.

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